NOTICES

THIS COMING WEEK AT ST HELEN’S

Morning Prayer is said at 9.10 am and Evening Prayer at 5.10 pm on weekdays.

ON WEDNESDAY Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish Centre at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

ON FRIDAY there will be a funeral at 2.00 pm.

NEXT SUNDAY: Holy Communion (BCP) will be at 8.00 am. There will be a Sung Eucharist with Litany at 10.30 am and Sung Evensong will be at 5.30 pm.

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NOTICES

ASH WEDNESDAY 14 February. Parish Sung Mass with imposition of ashes at St Michaels at 7.30pm

ST VALENTINE’S DINNER & DANCE, 7pm on Saturday 17th February, at Trinity Church Hall, Conduit Road Abingdon organised by The Abingdon Passion Play Committee to help raise funds for the 2019 Production. £12.50 per ticket. Tickets from Hazel Glennie after church or online www.abingdonpassionplay.org.uk.

FRIENDS OF ST HELEN’S will have a talk by Mike Austin on ‘Cinque Ports: What’s in a name?’ at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 21st February in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

THE BEATITUDES: A SHORT COURSE on Saturday mornings: 24 February & 10 March from 11 am to 12.30. See leaflet in publicity niche.

CHURCH in ABINGDON Lent lectures by the Revd Dr Paul Goodliff: ‘Let’s wait and see’ will be at 7.30 pm on 19 & 26 February, 19 & 26 March, Abingdon Baptist Church.

INTRODUCING IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY (Diocesan Course). Discover and experience spiritual practices that have been found to deepen the life of prayer and enrich our understanding of God. Saturday 3 March, 10.00- 16.00 at Douai Abbey RG7 5TQ; Tutor: Sue Sheppy (Spiritual Direction Network); Cost: £25 (Includes lunch). Book at http://ldm.eventbrite.co.uk

MISSION TO VISITORS & PILGRIMS. For several years we have been committed to keeping the church open to visitors, every day from 11am to 1pm, from Easter to September. If you can help this greatly valued and rewarding aspect of the church's outreach to the community, please talk to Elizabeth Simpson or phone her on 01235 524978.

ABINGDON STREET PASTORS have a vacancy for an Administrator (average 7 hours per week) to provide administrative support for the Street Pastor initiative in Abingdon. For further information please visit https://streetpastors.org/locations/abingdon/ or email Ed Evans at ede@occ.org.uk. Closing date: Wednesday 28th February 2018.

PUBLICITY NICHE. Pick up a leaflet if you want details about the Sermon Series, Desiring Life reading group, Faith Forum and The Beatitudes course.

11th February 2018 Feast of the Transfiguration





Our Lenten Worship

It is customary throughout many parts of the Church for the services of the Lenten season to be significantly different from the rest of the year. That’s true for us too at St Helen’s. Those who have joined the worshipping congregation will wish to know how things are different from the Sunday after Ash Wednesday through ‘til Palm Sunday.

Our custom is:

• to sing the Great Litany, which is an extended form of intercessory prayer (dating back to the first Book of Common Prayer and subsequently up-dated), at the start of the service; the choir leads the congregational responses; the Litany takes the place of the Intercessions and the General Confession which usually come later in the service;

• to have only two readings from Scripture, a New Testament reading and a Gospel reading;

• to have a more sombre set of chants for the Eucharistic Prayer (“The Lord be with you...”, etc.);

• to sing “Amen” after the Words of Institution (“This is my Body...This is my Blood”);

• to say together the Prayer of Humble Access before coming forward for Communion.

Altogether, the service aims to have a more open, yet focused, inward feeling as we all seek, by the grace of God, to meet ourselves more honestly in the course of our worship and of the season generally. Don’t neglect the Ash Wednesday services at 10.30 am and at 7.30 pm.

The Beatitudes

Our diocesan Bishop, Steven Croft, has asked all the parishes to reflect on the Beatitudes which Jesus taught (see for instance, St Matthew’s Gospel 5.1-12). So we’ll be reflecting on the eight sayings of Jesus (“Blessed are those who....”) at the main services from Ash Wednesday (at St Michael’s on Park Road) through Maundy Thursday. Regarding the Beatitudes, you can also join the ‘short course’ at St Michael’s which is examining them as the theme of a teaching series. You’ll find a leaflet in the Publicity

The Revd Dr Charles Miller, Team Rector